Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz is a small and pleasant town located at the north-west point of the Island. Known for its natural volcanic pools it is very popular with locals and tourists alike in the summer. Porto Moniz has the safest harbour on the north coast of the island and a heliport designated for tourists and for emergency purposes.

The historic Fort of João Batista was built in 1730 to protect from Pirate raids and has now been restored and transformed into the Madeira Aquarium with more than 70 typical species.

Along the promenade you will find a variety of cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and the Living Science Centre; a place for all ages to explore mixture of science and cultural exhibits. Furthermore, if you enjoy camping, nearby is a campsite and on your way out of town don’t forget to visit the Miradouro da Santa (lookout point) for spectacular view of Porto Moniz.
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